The Most Obese and Overweight States of 2020 in America

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month and things are not looking good for the nation. People can be offended by the wording, but the facts don’t change. Fat is the new normal, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Aside from the obvious health problems, the cost of obesity threatens individuals and organizations as it puts a strain on the health system. It’s like a perfect storm of a population that gets sicker as it literally grows, with more cost and the need to devote more health resources to a problem that may be self-creating.

This is probably the point where a thousand personal trainers jump up and scream about comorbidity, health, and exercise.

This is great, but it cannot be overlooked that with the increase in gym and health club memberships over the past three decades, as more money has gone into the fitness industry, the rise in obesity rates has actually not declined adequately, quite the opposite.

Source: Axios

There are also some interesting factors influencing the level of obesity. For example, while West Virginia has the lowest percentage of overweight adults, it has the second highest percentage of overweight adults, which means there is no middle ground.

To be honest, the problem is very, very big. But at the end of the day, the data shows that high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholestrol pretty much coincide with the worst conditions on the charts. You can check out the interstate obesity factors infographic here.

The facts about the high cost of fat

  • $ 294.6 billion: Estimated medical costs for diabetes in the United States in 2019.
  • 9,506 USD: Average annual health care costs for patients with diabetes.
  • 2.3: The frequency with which a diabetic patient’s healthcare costs increase.
  • 14 & 18 years: Reducing the average life expectancy of male and female type 1 diabetes patients.
  • 88 million: Number of American adults with “prediabetes” (84% of them don’t know they have it).
  • 70%: Chances of Developing Diabetes If Both Parents Have Type 2 Diabetes.

The following data breaks the top 20 states by obesity prevalence, courtesy of Wallethub. Where is your state? And do you know why

It is worth asking the question whether there is a culture of obesity that can be identified by the state and what demographic, socio-economic and cultural factors determine the statistics.

Going to the gym or exercising more or eating better doesn’t seem to resonate equally across state lines. Finding out why this is an important part of finding solutions that aren’t just the fitness industry’s usual quick fixes and promises.

1 = fattest Status total score Rank “Obesity & Overweight” Health Consequences Rank Rank “Food & Fitness”
1 West Virginia 74.66 2 1 9
2 Mississippi 74.20 1 8th 1
3 Arkansas 69.37 3 11 7th
4th Kentucky 68.46 5 7th 2
5 Tennessee 68.41 4th 9 11
6 South carolina 65.85 8th 17th 4th
7th Louisiana 65.65 6 27 6
8th Alabama 65.15 9 15th 5
9 Oklahoma 65.00 7th 26th 13th
10 Missouri 62.39 11 19th 17th
11 Iowa 61.03 13th 16 34
12th Indiana 61.02 10 31 16
13th Delaware 61.00 21st 3 27
14th Ohio 60.70 16 14th 15th
15th Texas 60.23 12th 39 12th
16 Maine 59.81 28 2 44
17th Georgia 59.78 15th 36 10
18th Virginia 58.58 23 23 3
19th Kansas 58.56 22nd 6 40
20th North Dakota 58.21 14th 28 46

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